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Overheard At The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

February 10th, 2008 11:18pm EST
Vince Gill
Quotes from the Grammy Awards:

''I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye? ... Just kidding.'' - Vince Gill, accepting the award for best country album from Ringo Starr.

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''I appreciate everything and I know you are really proud of me right now and I know you wouldn't want me to stop and you'd want me to be the No. 1 artist in the world. And Mamma, all I'm gonna do is keep making you proud.'' - Kanye West, speaking about his late mother as he accepted the award for rap album.

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''It's a pity Amy isn't here, but oh well, God ble...
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Ringo Starr To Release 'Liverpool 8' January 15

December 10th, 2007 4:50pm EST
Ringo Starr
On January 15 (January 14 internationally), Ringo Starr will release Liverpool 8, his first new album with Capitol/EMI since 1974's Goodnight Vienna. Liverpool 8 will be available worldwide on CD and digitally, and the album's title track debuted as a digital single December 4.

Starr will launch the album with a hometown performance on January 12 to commence Liverpool's 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations.

Liverpool 8, also the title of the album's upbeat, vibrant lead track, "refers to the section of Liverpool where I used to live," explains Ringo. "The song was actually Dave ...
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'Ravi Shankar: The Concert For World Peace Live At Royal Albert Hall' Hits DVD Nov. 20

November 4th, 2007 9:28am EST
Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar, the internationally acclaimed sitar virtuoso, performer, composer, and master of Indian classical music has enlightened a generation of music fans around the world.

Now for the first time, Shankar's legendary Concert For World Peace, performed at London's Royal Albert Hall on November 9, 1993, will be available on DVD.

The music, three enchanting Rajas, has been remixed in lush Dolby 5.1® surround sound specifically for the DVD release. In addition, the DVD includes "Ravi Shankar: The Soul of Tradition," a 20 minute documentary featuring never-before-seen photos...
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'Runnin' Down A Dream' Chronicles The Early Years Of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

October 11th, 2007 8:04pm EDT
Runnin
The remarkable early years of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and all that would follow are at the center of a new documentary by legendary director Peter Boganovich (The Last Picture Show) entitled Runnin' Down A Dream.

The film focuses not only on the Heartbreakers' inspiring ride to the top but the story of what they did when they got there, as artists, as a band and as people. Bogdanovich's film explores many of the underlying reasons for the band's unmatched capacity not only to endure but to thrive. Gritty, exuberant, infectious: Runnin' Down A Dream tells the Heartbreakers' stor...
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Apple Corps LTD Proudly Announce The DVD Release Of The Beatles Film 'Help!', October 30

October 11th, 2007 3:23pm EDT
Help!
Apple Corps Ltd have announced the eagerly anticipated DVD release of The Beatles' second feature film Help! on November 6th, which will be marketed and distributed by EMI Music.

Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band's debut feature film A Hard Days Night, 'Help!' made its theatrical debut in 1965. The story follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo's possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Aus...
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Eric Clapton To Release 2-CD Set 'Complete Clapton' And Autobiography Oct. 9

October 2nd, 2007 1:53pm EDT
Eric Clapton
After a busy year filled with a world tour, an epic guitar festival and a highly-anticipated autobiography, comes the ultimate career CD retrospective for the artist known as Slowhand.

Complete Clapton will be a 2-disc career-spanning album released by Reprise Records on October 9, 2007, the same day as Clapton, The Autobiography is released to bookstores nationwide. This will be the first time the full breadth of Eric Clapton's musical works are contained in one set.

Clapton's career has endured for more than 40 years, resulting in 18 Grammy Awards and he has earned the distinct...
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'Help!' Is On The Way October 30

September 10th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Help!
Apple Corps Ltd have announced the eagerly anticipated DVD release of The Beatles' second feature film Help! on October 30 which will be marketed and distributed by EMI Music.

Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band's debut feature film A Hard Days Night, 'Help!' made its theatrical debut in 1965. The story follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo's possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austri...
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'The Essential Paul Simon' Includes 2-CD Set With 36 Of His Greatest Songs

June 28th, 2007 10:36am EDT
Paul Simon
On June 26, The Essential Paul Simon, a two disc, 36 song set spanning Paul Simon's extraordinary four-decade career, was released by Warner Bros. Records. The release stands as the single best collection of Simon's greatest songs, beginning with "Mother And Child Reunion" from his groundbreaking debut. The set includes highlights from each of Simon's albums, up to the collection's closer "Wartime Prayers," from the acclaimed 2006 album Suprise.

Simon was recently honored as the first recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an all-star gala concert h...
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Traveling Wilburys Music Available For The First Time In A Decade

May 29th, 2007 4:10pm EDT
The Traveling Wilburys
LOS ANGELES -- Nearly twenty years after the creation of the band, and over a decade since the music was last available to fans, the music of The Traveling Wilburys will be reissued on June 12, 2007, in the U.S. and June 11, 2007, worldwide. Rhino Entertainment announced the project today and will distribute the package from the Wilbury Records label.

The previously released albums Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 and Traveling Wilburys Volume 3 feature inarguably some of music's greatest singer-songwriters -- George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan -- as the icon...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 25

February 25th, 2007 3:00am EST
Sean Astin
Happy Birthday to "Malcolm in the Middle" actor Justin Berfield (1986), "Lord of the Rings" actor Sean Astin (1971), "Fun with Dick & Jane" star Tea Leoni (1966), WWE star Ric Flair (1949), Beatles guitarist George Harrison (1943; d. 2001), "Little House on the Prairie" mom Karen Grassle (1942), actress Diane Baker (1938), "Gilligan's Island" millionaire Jim Backus (1913; d. 1989), Marx Brother Zeppo Marx (1901; d. 1979), and French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841; d. 1919).
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Casey Kasem's "Long Distance Dedications" Are Spotlight Feature On New CD

January 12th, 2007 3:54pm EST
Casey Kasem
Legendary DJ and radio personality Casey Kasem will release a new CD featuring 20 of the most popular songs from his signature radio feature The Long Distance Dedications on January 23. The disc, Casey Kasem Presents: The Long Distance Dedications spans multiple genres and includes some of the biggest names in music: Elton John, Whitney Houston, Cher, Lionel Richie, Louis Armstrong, The Righteous Brothers, Amy Grant, Joe Cocker, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah McLachlan, Phil Collins, Commodores, Chicago and many others. It arrives in stores on January 23, 2007, (Top Sail Productions/WEA) and is the...
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The Beatles' "LOVE" To Be Their First Released In DVD 5.1 Surround Sound; Out Nov. 21

November 9th, 2006 12:59pm EST
Beatles
After being asked by the remaining Beatles, Ringo and Paul, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, to make experimental mixes from their master tapes for a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Sir George Martin, The Beatles legendary producer, and his son Giles Martin have been working with the entire archive of Beatles recordings to create LOVE. The result is an unprecedented approach to the music. Using the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, Sir George and Giles have created a unique soundscape. The release of this album, which is also featured in the Cirque du Soleil/Apple Cor...
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Kurt Cobain Overtakes Elvis As Highest-Paid Dead Celebrity

October 25th, 2006 9:47am EDT
Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain has overtaken Elvis as the highest-paid dead celebrity. Latest figures - compiled by Forbes.com - show the late Nirvana frontman has made $50 million in the past year despite having killed himself in April 1994.

By comparison, second placed Elvis - who has held the top spot since 2001 and has been dead for almost 30 years - made just $42 million dollars in the past twelve months.

Other big earners who have long since passed include Peanuts cartoon creator Charles Schulz - whose Charlie Brown and Snoopy cartoons are still syndicated in newspapers across the world - whos...
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Peter Frampton's Latest, "Fingerprints," Hits Stores Sept. 12

September 5th, 2006 11:40am EDT
Peter Frampton
"This is the album I've been waiting my entire life to make," says Peter Frampton of his remarkable new CD, Fingerprints. It's an impressive 14-tune collection of guitar mastery that crosses several musical borders, from funked-up R&B to razor-edged rockers to rootsy blues to country-flamed beauties to jazzy Django swing to reflective impressionism. And, on the disc, in what may come as a surprise to longtime fans, Frampton begs off singing to focus exclusively on the six-string.

"I've never done a complete collection of instrumentals," the Britain-born, Cincinnati-based Frampton says....
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Classic Aretha Franklin and King Curtis Live At Fillmore West Albums Released

July 14th, 2006 11:55am EDT
Aretha Franklin
Looking for a way to introduce Aretha Franklin to a mainstream audience, Jerry Wexler - who signed the Queen of Soul to Atlantic Records and produced her classic albums - booked the singer for three nights at San Francisco's Fillmore West in March 1971. At Wexler's suggestion, Franklin tapped premier saxman King Curtis and the Kingpins as both her opening act and backing band for the performances. Rhino Records revisits the sweet soul magic of those landmark live shows with remastered and expanded versions of Aretha Live At Fillmore West and Curtis' Live At Fillmore West.

Aretha Liv...
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Paul McCartney Fears Being Forgotten As A Beatle

April 6th, 2006 10:24am EDT
Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney is paranoid people will forget he was a Beatle (Ringtones). The legendary musician says he worries new fans will only remember him for his later work - and not what he brought to the Fab Four. He confessed to Association of Retired Persons Magazine: "They say John (Ringtones) was the Mozart, Paul was the Saileri.

"Like John was the real genius, and I was just the guy who sang Yesterday. People say, 'Paul, people know'. But what about in the future? If this revisionism gets around, a lot of kids will say, 'Did he have a group before Wings?'"

Meanwhile, Sir Paul b...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 25

February 25th, 2006 3:00am EST
Sean Astin
Happy Birthday to "Malcolm in the Middle" actor Justin Berfield (1986), "Lord of the Rings" actor Sean Astin (1971), "Fun with Dick & Jane" star Tea Leoni (1966), WWE star Ric Flair (1949), Beatles guitarist George Harrison (1943; d. 2001), "Little House on the Prairie" mom Karen Grassle (1942), actress Diane Baker (1938), "Gilligan's Island" millionaire Jim Backus (1913; d. 1989), Marx Brother Zeppo Marx (1901; d. 1979), and French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841; d. 1919).
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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Sue Record Label

December 19th, 2005 9:27am EST
Beatles
Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are suing EMI over lost royalties allegedly worth $50 million.

Apple Records - which is owned by Sir Paul, Ringo and relatives of the late Beatles members John Lennon and George Harrison - fought a previous court battle with EMI over royalties. That case was settled out of court in 1989.

The latest dispute claims an audit showed EMI - which owns the copyright to the Beatles recordings - has not been fulfilling the terms of its contract. Legal proceedings have been issued in the High Court in London and the Supreme Court in New York.

Apple Re...
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John Lennon's Family 25 Years After His Death

November 21st, 2005 12:31pm EST
John Lennon
In the current issue of Newsweek, Senior Editor Jeff Giles takes a look at the lives of the family members John Lennon left behind 25 years ago and the turmoil that has plagued them since his death. "You know, this is like a Shakespearean drama almost," Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, tells Giles. "Each person has something to be totally miserable about because of the way they were put into this play. I have incredible sympathy for each of them, really." She recalls one night when Lennon woke up crying. "So I said, 'Why are you crying, John?' And he said, 'If I die before you, those business bas...
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Beatles Biography Centers on the Iconic Rock Legends

October 31st, 2005 12:09pm EST
The Beatles
The Beatles: The Biography is hitting stores Nov. 1. Written by music journalist Robert Spitz, the 856-page book examines the lives of The Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.

The comprehensive biography includes interviews with old friends as well as stories from hundreds of living sources. Readers are drawn into the experiences of The Beatles as they rise to fame, deal with obsessed fans, and are imprisoned by their own success. Among other things, Spitz details the group’s experimentation with drugs, their various relationships, and the flawed bu...
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Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley & More Earn Big Money From The Grave

October 27th, 2005 8:08pm EDT
Elvis Presley
Once again Elvis Presley is No. 1 on Forbes.com's annual list of "Top-Earning Dead Celebrities," earning an estimated $45 million between October 2004 - October 2005. He and the 12 other members of the list, including fellow musicians Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, brought in a collective $186 million in the last year!

The fifth annual ranking of "Top-Earning Dead Celebrities," assesses the earning power of deceased celebrities, including musicians, actors, authors, songwriters and composers, among others.

This year's list (earnings in $ millions):

1. Elvis Presle...
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